A Florida state legislator has proposed a 3% increase in Florida’s monthly health insurance premium for 2016.
State Sen. Brad Miller (D-Orlando) told local media Thursday that he is proposing to increase premiums by $1 per month for Florida residents earning up to $85,000 per year.
Miller said he will also increase the cost of an additional three months of health insurance by $100 per month.
Miller said his proposed increase is for 2016 because of the severe flu pandemic that swept the nation last year, which cost Florida a lot of money.
Florida’s statewide medical shortage is estimated at over 200,000 patients.
“We need a real focus on our emergency care facilities,” Miller said.
“I’m not going to take advantage of that.
I’m going to focus on people that need it the most.”
Miller told local news outlets that the increased premiums will come out of the state’s health care trust fund.
The increase will come into effect on December 15, and will take effect after the end of the 2016 fiscal year on March 31.
It is not clear if Florida will be required to raise the premiums on its own.
State Senator Brian Smith (R-Boca Raton) and his colleagues proposed a similar proposal earlier this year.